hursday, August 13, 2015
One thing that bothers me every time I hear it is the generally perceived and accepted notion that everybody that is a member of a church or religion is automatically saved. It may not always be stated directly but I hear that premise expounded time and time again at funeral services. The deceased may have never attended the particular church that is conducting the service and seldom gave any indication that he or she even believed in God, yet everyone seems to be in agreement when the presiding minister states repeatedly that he or she is in a better place. This is not to imply that people who don’t attend church cannot be saved and though only God would know the numbers, I choose to believe that the probabilities are very slim in those cases. It makes no sense whatsoever to think that those who couldn’t stand church or Christians in their lifetime will all of a sudden be around them for an eternity.
Salvation can easily be attained but it is not automatic. God has offered all mankind the free gift of eternal life by way of giving His Son as a sacrifice at the cross of Calvary. However, not everybody accepts the gift. If I offer you a present but you never come for it, then you don’t have it, right? It is the same with salvation. God wants everyone to have it and He is certainly not happy when people perish, but many perish anyway because they never did anything about His free offer. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish , but that all should come to repentance.”
Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 that not everybody who calls Him “Lord, Lord” will see the kingdom of Heaven, only those who do the will of His Heavenly Father. To be saved, one has to truly believe in Christ; calling Him “Lord, Lord” is not enough. And if you truly believe in Jesus, the way you live your life will reflect it. Don’t let this happen to you, that on the day of your funeral, those in attendance will be wondering if you were or weren't saved.
Memory Verse for the week: (Ecclesiastes 10:1 NLT) “As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.”